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Santa & the Snowman Visit Montville's Annual Holiday Tree Lighting

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Santa arrived in Montville to kick off the holiday season as part of the annual holiday tree lighting event Credits: Melissa Benno
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"Elvis the Elf" sings with the crowd at Montville's annual holiday tree lighting event Credits: Melissa Benno
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Mayor Scott Gallopo welcomes the crowd at Montville's annual holiday tree lighting event Credits: Hope White
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Mayor Scott Gallopo looks on as the Christmas Tree is lit at Montville's annual holiday tree lighting event. Credits: Melissa Benno
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Santa greets the crowd at Montville's annual holiday tree lighting event Credits: Hope White
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The Snowman arrives at Montville's annual holiday tree lighting event Credits: Hope White
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Scott and January Englishman anxiously await their son Jameson's first visit with Santa. Credits: Hope White
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Deputy Mayor Rich Conklin with his grandson Everett at Montville's annual holiday tree lighting event Credits: Hope White
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Elvis the Elf entertains the crowd as they await their visit with Santa and the Snowman Credits: Hope White
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Members of the Women's Club provided refreshments for the annual holiday tree lighting event Credits: Hope White
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The children have fun with a game of limbo as they await their visit with Santa and the Snowman at Montville's annual holiday tree lighting event Credits: Hope White
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The children have fun with a game of limbo as they await their visit with Santa and the Snowman at Montville's annual holiday tree lighting event Credits: Hope White
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The children have fun with a game of limbo as they await their visit with Santa and the Snowman at Montville's annual holiday tree lighting event Credits: Hope White
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Elvis the Elf plays some holiday songs for the crowd as they await their visit with Santa and the Snowman at Montville's annual holiday tree lighting event Credits: Hope White
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Members of the Montville, Pine Brook and Towaco fire departments pose with Santa and the Snowman at Montville's annual holiday tree lighting event Credits: Hope White
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Members of the Police Explorers helped to ensure things ran smoothly at Montville's annual holiday tree lighting event Credits: Melissa Benno
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MONTVILLE, NJ – A packed crowd gathered on Monday evening outside of the Montville Township Municipal Building to welcome the holiday season with the annual tree lighting. In keeping with tradition, the front lawn of the Municipal Building was decorated with lighted trees, deer and snowmen, a Manager, Christmas Tree and Menorah.

Mayor Scott Gallopo presided over the festivities along with members of the Girl Scouts who helped lead the crowd singing Christmas carols with "Elvis the Elf."

After Gallopo welcomed the lively crowd to the 2015 Christmas tree lighting, he thanked the volunteers and employees who worked hard to make the event happen. The Mayor recognized the DPW for all of the outside decorations, Girl Scouts and Elvis the Elf for the entertainment and singing, Women's Club for the refreshments, REACH students and Police Explorers for assistance during the event, and the Montville, Pine Brook and Towaco Fire Departments.

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After the tree was lit and with much anticipation from the crowd, the singing of "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town" culminated with the arrival of Santa and the Snowman on fire trucks courtesy of the Montville, Pine Brook and Towaco Fire Departments.

Following the ceremony, attendees enjoyed cookies and refreshments provided by the Women's Club in the Municipal Building while Elvis the Elf continued entertaining the crowd as they patiently waited their turn to meet with Santa and the Snowman for photos.

"We are excited and can't wait for his first visit with Santa," January and Scott Englishman said as they sat with their 2 1/2 month old son, Jameson, anxiously waiting for their ticket to be called.

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